This past summer, I created a series of color worksheets designed to introduce children to the primary and secondary colors: red, orange, yellow, green, blue, and purple. With that knowledge firmly under your child’s belt, it is time to learn the names of the remaining frequently used colors, including: pink, gray, brown, black, and white.
Many children first begin identifying different colors when they are two or two and a half. Around this time, they can likely point to something red, for example, when given that verbal instruction by a parent. As a child’s speech develops, they can begin saying aloud the proper name of each color as they observe it in the environment. The ability to identify colors by name will allow your child to more meaningfully observe his surroundings and to better describe what he sees.
When introducing these color worksheets to learn colors, begin by pointing to the color word at the top of the page as you read it. Then, ask your child to repeat after you and say aloud the color’s name by himself.
Once your child is able to properly say the name of the color word, encourage him to view all the pictures on the page and circle any pictures that contain the featured color and to cross out any pictures that do not contain the featured color. If your child hesitates when either circling or crossing out a picture, ask him to point to the different colors in the picture as he names them. For example, a picture of the American flag has the colors blue, red, and white in it. As your child points to and says aloud the three different colors, he will be able to more confidently identify that the American flag has the color blue (the featured color for that color worksheet) in it.
After your child successfully completes a color worksheet, grab a nearby book or magazine and challenge your child to flip through it, searching for more pictures that contain the featured color. Or, encourage him to run to his closet and quickly get dressed with an item of clothing that contains the featured color. Your child will delight in running back and forth to his closet each time he completes a different color worksheet and the physical activity will help him from getting restless or bored as he learns colors with these color worksheets.